Orleans County Fair in Barton August 13-17

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Skads Winner, driven by Kenneth Martin, leads the field coming out of the first turn.  He was closely followed by Nanette’s Nordic in a race at the Orleans County Fair in 2013.  Harness racing is a long-running tradition at the fair in Barton.                                                                                                   Photo by Joseph Gresser

Skads Winner, driven by Kenneth Martin, leads the field coming out of the first turn. He was closely followed by Nanette’s Nordic in a race at the Orleans County Fair in 2013. Harness racing is a long-running tradition at the fair in Barton. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle August 6, 2014

by Tena Starr

BARTON — The harness racing program at the Orleans County Fair will be dedicated this year to Stanwood “Doc” Churchill of Orleans, who died on June 11.

“He was an avid racer in his time and avidly supported the program, along with his family,” said Pamela Tetreault of Lowell, who is doing promotional and other work for the fair this year. Her husband, Mike Tetreault, is president of the fair association.

Dr. Churchill, a veterinarian, bought his first standardbred in 1960. For the next 36 years, he bred, raised, and raced. He was also a stockholder and director of the fair.

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Royal Lipizzan Stallions to perform at fairgrounds

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Madeline McCoy, with her mother, Amy McCoy, and sister Sophie, pet an off duty Lipizzan in Barton Sunday.  Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions will return for more shows later this month.  Photo by Micaela Bedell

Madeline McCoy, with her mother, Amy McCoy, and sister Sophie, pet an off duty Lipizzan in Barton Sunday. Herrmanns’ Royal Lipizzan Stallions will return for more shows later this month. Photo by Micaela Bedell

The Royal Lipizzan Stallions will perform at the Orleans County fairgrounds in Barton, from Friday, August 1, to Sunday, August 3, and again from Friday, August 8, to Sunday, August 10.

The horses will be stabled at the fairgrounds. This is a rare opportunity to see these majestic equines perform.

Back in the days of sword-and-armor battle, horses were used as partners and soldiers in arms. One of the highest esteemed of the war horse breeds was the Lipizzan. Founded in the sixteenth century and used by Austrian forces, the breed was tailor made to have a born-in desire and athleticism to jump, leap, and kick their way through enemy lines. The historic rescue of the breed by General Patton during World War II is the only reason these horses still exist today. Thanks to the Herrmann family, the ancestors of those original horses are in the United States and perform the same maneuvers that were used in battle and are displayed to this day at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.

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Memorial Day weekend

Hannah Roberts, 13, of Newport Center opened Sunday's tractor pull at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on her 1950 Allis-Chalmers C tractor.  Hannah, who is a seventh-grader at North Country Union Junior High School, is pictured here in a pull-off for the 2,750-pound stock class, in which she took second place with 312 feet, 3.24 inches.  Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Hannah Roberts, 13, of Newport Center opened Sunday’s tractor pull at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on her 1950 Allis-Chalmers C tractor. Hannah, who is a seventh-grader at North Country Union Junior High School, is pictured here in a pull-off for the 2,750-pound stock class, in which she took second place with 312 feet, 3.24 inches. Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Tyler Young of Irasburg smacks the ball in the Cal Ripken League at the Lake Region Youth Baseball five-team tournament held at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on Sunday.  The Irasburg Angels played the Brownington Indians in the co-ed league for eight- to ten-year-olds.  Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Tyler Young of Irasburg smacks the ball in the Cal Ripken League at the Lake Region Youth Baseball five-team tournament held at Roaring Brook Park in Barton on Sunday. The Irasburg Angels played the Brownington Indians in the co-ed league for eight- to ten-year-olds. Photo by Natalie Hormilla

Memorial Day ceremonies in downtown Island Pond Monday included a speech from Representative Vicki Strong of Albany.  Two students from Brighton Elementary School, who won second place in a recent contest sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society, took turns reading the names of 42 Vermonters who were killed from 2003-2011 in either Afghanistan or Iraq.  Cooper Densmore is pictured behind the podium, while classmate Joshua Rivers is standing to his right.   Photo by Paul Lefebvre

Memorial Day ceremonies in downtown Island Pond Monday included a speech from Representative Vicki Strong of Albany. Two students from Brighton Elementary School, who won second place in a recent contest sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society, took turns reading the names of 42 Vermonters who were killed from 2003-2011 in either Afghanistan or Iraq. Cooper Densmore is pictured behind the podium, while classmate Joshua Rivers is standing to his right. Photo by Paul Lefebvre

An enthusiastic group of musicians from Newport City Elementary School marches down Main Street on Memorial Day.  Pictured is Victoria Young playing a cowbell.  Photo by Joseph Gresser

An enthusiastic group of musicians from Newport City Elementary School marches down Main Street on Memorial Day. Pictured is Victoria Young playing a cowbell. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Gage (in yellow) and Joey Prue atop a van in the Memorial Day parade in North Troy Monday.  Pam Prue and Pat Pyne of Paddie’s Snack Bar were their chauffeurs.   Photo by Tena Starr

Gage (in yellow) and Joey Prue atop a van in the Memorial Day parade in North Troy Monday. Pam Prue and Pat Pyne of Paddie’s Snack Bar were their chauffeurs. Photo by Tena Starr

Suki wears this patriotic outfit every Memorial Day and Fourth of July, said her owner, Linda Lyons.  Ms. Lyons and Suki were among those who didn’t mind getting a little wet in order to watch the Memorial Day parade in North Troy on Monday.  Photo by Tena Starr

Suki wears this patriotic outfit every Memorial Day and Fourth of July, said her owner, Linda Lyons. Ms. Lyons and Suki were among those who didn’t mind getting a little wet in order to watch the Memorial Day parade in North Troy on Monday. Photo by Tena Starr

This bell from the Orleans Volunteer Fire Department's 1938 International was chimed in memory of the Vermont soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country in the War on Terror.  Fire department member Justin Peart rang the bell after each name was read aloud by members of American Legion Orleans Post #23 at Monday's Memorial Day observances.  Photo by Richard Creaser

This bell from the Orleans Volunteer Fire Department’s 1938 International was chimed in memory of the Vermont soldiers who have given their lives in service to their country in the War on Terror. Fire department member Justin Peart rang the bell after each name was read aloud by members of American Legion Orleans Post #23 at Monday’s Memorial Day observances. Photo by Richard Creaser

American Legion Orleans Post #23 veteran Maurice "Joe" Blair, accompanied by Mark Wright, takes a place of honor during Monday's Memorial Day observances in Orleans.  Ann Parenteau (second row from left), Mary Ellen Orcutt, Donna Smith, and Dawn Wilcox of the Orleans American Legion Women's Auxiliary follow close behind.  Photo by Richard Creaser

American Legion Orleans Post #23 veteran Maurice “Joe” Blair, accompanied by Mark Wright, takes a place of honor during Monday’s Memorial Day observances in Orleans. Ann Parenteau (second row from left), Mary Ellen Orcutt, Donna Smith, and Dawn Wilcox of the Orleans American Legion Women’s Auxiliary follow close behind. Photo by Richard Creaser

Girl Scout Daisies Eva Thompson (left) and Bianca Davis of Barton Troop #30813 lent a festive air to Barton's annual Memorial Day parade on Monday.  Like their namesake flowers, the Daisies provided a welcome burst of color amidst the rain showers.  The Daisies marched alongside their fellow Girl Scouts from Barton Troop #30053.    Photo by Richard Creaser

Girl Scout Daisies Eva Thompson (left) and Bianca Davis of Barton Troop #30813 lent a festive air to Barton’s annual Memorial Day parade on Monday. Like their namesake flowers, the Daisies provided a welcome burst of color amidst the rain showers. The Daisies marched alongside their fellow Girl Scouts from Barton Troop #30053. Photo by Richard Creaser

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